SCOREBOARD
Monday, Dec. 22
Houston at New Jersey (7:30 p.m. EST). Houston's Yao Ming faces fellow Chinese star Yi Jianlian for the first time this season.

STARS
Saturday
-Jamal Crawford, Warriors, scored 50 points in Golden State's 110-103 victory over Charlotte. Crawford was 14-of-26 from the field, 5-of-8 on 3-pointers and made 17 of 18 free throws. He was two points shy of his career high.
-Dwyane Wade, Heat, matched his season high with 43 points, scoring 12 of Miami's final 14 points in a 106-103 win over New Jersey.
-Chris Paul, Hornets, had 34 points, nine assists and a season-high eight steals to help New Orleans beat Sacramento 99-90.
-Amare Stoudemire, Suns, had 27 points and 10 rebounds - his 10th game in a row with at least 20 points - in Phoenix's 108-101 victory over Denver.
-Jameer Nelson, Magic, had 27 points in Orlando's 106-103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
-T.J. Ford, Pacers, hit a 15-foot jumper with 3.9 seconds left and finished with 25 points in Indiana's 95-94 victory over Philadelphia.
107-97.
-Ben Gordon, Bulls, had 26 points in Chicago's 106-98 victory over Utah.

STATS
Kobe Bryant had a season-high 41 points in the Los Angeles Lakers' 106-103 loss at Orlando on Saturday night. ... Al Jefferson had 34 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Minnesota's 109-102 loss to Houston. Minnesota has lost 12th straight. ... New Orleans beat Sacramento 99-90 for its 11th win in 13 games. ... San Antonio made a franchise-record 16 3-pointers in its 107-97 win over Toronto.

SIDELINED
Utah forward Carlos Boozer will have a third MRI on a quadriceps injury that has kept him out of 17 straight games. ... New Orleans guard Peja Stojakovic has missed two straight games because of back spasms. ... Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will miss at least three games because of a knee injury. ... Golden State forward Stephen Jackson is sidelined by a sprained left hand. He hopes to return Friday night against Boston. ... Los Angeles Clippers guard Mike Taylor could miss six weeks after fracturing his right thumb Friday night against Chicago.

SPEAKING
``I feel like I can pretty much get any shot I want,'' Crawford said. ``I let people off the hook by settling for jump shots.'' - Golden State's Jamal Crawford after scoring 50 points in the Warriors' 110-103 victory over Charlotte on Saturday night. Crawford was 14-of-26 from the field, 5-of-8 on 3-pointers and made 17 of 18 free throws.

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